#CoverReveal A Little Hotel In Cornwall by Laura Briggs @rararesources @PaperDollWrites

Today I’m very excited to be sharing with you the cover of A Little Hotel In Cornwall by Laura Briggs. I’ll also be reviewing this around publication day so keep your eyes peeled for my review. First a little about the book:

Title: A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs

Publication Date: 30th April 2019

Genre: Romance/Chicklit

Description:

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance. 

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too. 

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

Pre-order Link: http://smarturl.it/alittlehotelbook1

And without further ado here’s the cover:

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About The Author:

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100Briggs Author Pic Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

#BlogTour #Review Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald @SophieRanald @bookouture

Title: Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 13th February 2018

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Description:

A fabulously feel-good novel that will make you laugh till you cry and leave you living life to the full, margarita in hand!

Is this all there is? I scraped the last dregs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream out of the bottom of the tub with my finger and licked it. It left a sticky smear on my phone’s screen when I typed into Google, “How to find love, sex and happiness.”

Charlotte has always been a good girl. But being good is getting boring…

She’s not just stuck in a rut – she’s buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of fairy tales. So when she stumbles across a popular podcast, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, which challenges women to embrace their inner bad girl, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Old Charlotte would never ask for a stranger’s number, go on a blind date or buy lacy lingerie… But New Charlotte is waving goodbye to her comfort zone (with a side order of margaritas). And it turns out that good things happen to bad girls…

If you’re a fan of romantic comedies by Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk or Matt Dunn, and love TV shows like Girls, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, you won’t be able to put down this hilarious read!

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

Amazon: http://geni.us/B07KKJVBLTSocial

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2Swginz

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2TxfmfT

Googleplay: http://ow.ly/75i330nB33M

Review:

I want to thank Noelle Holten for inviting me on this tour and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of the book via NetGalley.

Charlotte is feeling lost. Her best friend Maddy is moving out, getting married leaving her to cope with new flat mates and the fact she’s been single for a long time. One night she discovers a podcast Sorry Not Sorry which claims if you follow her tips and release your inner bad girl, you just might meet the man of your dreams…

Sorry Not Sorry is about when you’re stuck in a rut, take your life back and living it to the fullest, you never know what might happen!

It’s quite a quick and easy read with well rounded yet flawed characters and a good dose of drama.

I felt very sorry for Charlotte throughout the book. Trying to keep on top of her demanding job, help organise her friend’s wedding with constant put downs from Maddy’s sister in law to be, and biggest bitch in the world, Bianca and find the man of her dreams. Phew, it’s a bit of a whirlwind for her!

I have to be honest I didn’t quite laugh out loud at this, don’t get me wrong there were a few amusing scenes but I felt it was a little more serious than I would have liked. Also it took me a while to really connect with Charlotte because she is just so different from me but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall Sorry Not Sorry is a fun, flirty read with plenty of mayhem, drama and some steamy moments too!

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Author Bio:

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in SouthSophie Ranald 1 Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and The Truth About Gemma Grey was released in summer 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat.

To find out about Sophie’s forthcoming releases and get access to free books and special offers, sign up to her newsletter at sophieranald.com

Author Social Media Links:

Website: sophieranald.com

Twitter: @SophieRanald

https://twitter.com/SophieRanald

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SophieRanald.

#BlogTour #Review Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow @rararesources @ChristieJBarlow @HarperImpulse

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Title: Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow

Publisher: HarperImpulse

Date Published: 11th January 2019

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Description:

Welcome to Love Heart Lane…

When Flick Simons returns to the small village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.

When a winter storm sweeps in, the only bridge connecting the village to the main land is swept away! As the villagers pull together, Flick finds herself welcomed back by the friends she once left behind. And as the snow begins to melt, maybe there is a chance that Fergus’s heart will thaw too…

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Heart-Lane-Christie-Barlow-ebook/dp/B07DX1YXKM/

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Review:

So I’m breaking out of my comfort zone today with a bit of romance fiction! I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and HarperImpulse for a copy of this lovely book.

Felicity ‘Flick’ Simons is fed up with her life in London, her boyfriend had just moved out and her job no longer brings her the joy it used to, so when the sad news of her grandmother passing reaches her she heads home to Heartcross.

She’s nervous having not been back in eight years, having she left so suddenly. There’s one person she especially she’s scared to run into her ex, who’s heart she broke all those years ago, Fergus Campbell.

She is struggling to fit back in, when a winter storm blows in the village is cut off from the outside world, the villagers must band together to save the town. But will Felicity get her happy ever after and be able to put the past behind her?

So this is very much a new to me writer and I’m glad to be starting at the beginning of a new series.

This is a sweet and heart warming story with some very emotional moments, that I won’t deny had me sniffling a little.

At it’s heart, Love Heart Lane is a love story but it also about a close knit community which I think a lot of us would love to be apart of, especially when they band together when tragedy strikes.

I have to be honest it took me a little bit of time to warm up to Felicity, just because I felt a little annoyed with the way she is constantly racked with guilt over literally everything. I just wanted to tell her not to be so hard on herself! She really grows through the book, gaining confidence and letting go of the past.

I would have like to see a bit more of the Scottish dialect in there, just because it is set in the Scottish Highlands, just to give it that bit more authenticity.

I’d recommend Love Heart Lane to anyone who loves a heart warming and emotional tale with a good helping of drama.

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About The Author:

Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year ofliterary festival Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Love Heart Lane. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia. 

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for http://www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.

Website www.christiebarlow.com

Twitter @ChristieJBarlow

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#BlogTour #Review There’s Something About A Cowboy by Rich Amooi @rararesources @RichAmooi

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Title: There’s Something About A Cowboy by Rich Amooi

Date Published: 25th October 2018

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Description:

Rule #1: No Dating Cowboys.

A fake fiancé doesn’t count, right? Oh boy . . .

Amy Weaver is tired of her dad meddling in her love life. Fed up, she hires an actor to play the part of her fake cowboy fiancé when she goes home for her grandpa’s ninetieth birthday. Sure, Luke Jenkins has got looks, charm, and muscular legs, but this is business, pure and simple. Things are fine and dandy until she finds out he’s a real cowboy, not an actor. Now, she’s stuck between a rock and his chiseled jawline, falling faster than a sack of horseshoes. How the heck is Amy supposed to ignore the sparks between them and stick to her rule of not dating cowboys? All bets are off.

Purchase Links –

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Review:

This is my first Rich Amooi book but it certainly won’t be my last! This really was a fun and food filled romcom with a good dose of humour.

There’s Something About A Cowboy came at the perfect time for me, as I’m suffering from a bit of winter fatigue, you know the days are short and dull and the nights are long and freezing, it’s easy to feel miserable but this book certainly cheered me up.

I’m going to admit something now, I’ve never read a book with a cowboy in it, ever! They’ve never really appealed to my but when I read the synopsis for this and saw the colourful and fun cover I had to read it (even though I’m meant to be taking a break from blog tours).

Amy is a great character, independent, clever and headstrong. Mix that with Luke who has the three Cs, charming, confident and cocky, well sparks are bound to fly!

Another thing I liked was Amy wasn’t the usual twenty to thirty year old heroine, she’s forty five and Luke is actually younger than her which made a change. My only real issue with the characters, was Luke seemed a bit too perfect, I would have liked to see him have a few more flaws.

It does follow the traditional romantic comedy storyline but Rich Amooi really makes it his own, with plenty of humour and a little swearing (shout out to the bull called Dip S**t, it made me giggle so much).

I’d recommend this to anyone who loves a great romantic comedy, perfect to banish those winter blues!

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Author Bio:

Fun, Quirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy’s Perspective. Rich Amooi is a former radio rich amooi -author photopersonality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.richamooi

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichAmooi

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/richamooi

#Review The Windmill Cafe: Summer Breeze by Poppy Blake @poppyblakebooks @HarperImpulse

Title: The Windmill Café: Summer Breeze by Poppy Blake (Book One)

Publisher: HarperImpulse

Date Published: 9th March 2018

Genre: Novella, Chicklit

Description:

As Rosie Barnes serves glasses of tangy lemonade and ice-cold prosecco at her summer garden party, she couldn’t be happier. The Windmill Café, with its peppermint green sails is a roaring success and has given Rosie a chance to escape the heartbreak of her busy life in London.

But then disaster strikes when popstar Suki Richards is taken unexpectedly ill at the party. Now all eyes are on Rosie…have her famous raspberry cupcakes poisoned her most high-profile guest? Or is someone else trying to damage Suki’s chance of stardom?

If Rosie wants to save her picture-perfect life, and the reputation of her beloved Windmill Café, she’s going to have to get to the bottom of the mystery…and fast!

Review:

So due to a scheduling mishap I had a little gap so I thought I’d pick up first in the Windmill Cafe series which has been on my tbr list since the beginning of the year (oops!).

Former florist Rosie Barnes moved to Norfolk after a particularly bad break up, landing a job at the Windmill cafe and going back to one of her first loves, baking.

She convinced the owner to throw a summer garden party and manages to get up and coming pop star Suki Richards and her friends to attend but disaster strikes when she is taken ill and her future hangs in the balance.

With the help of her new friends, especially the handsome Matt she must get to the bottom of the mystery and save her job and the Windmill cafe!

So from the absolutely gorgeous cover I was expecting some sort of sweet rom-com but actually it was more a romance mixed with a bit of cosy mystery, which as a big mystery lover I adored! It is a little heavier on the romance aspect but after so many gruesome crime books I’ve been reading of late, it made a nice change.

I felt very sorry for Rosie, she obviously has very low self-esteem and suffers from a compulsion to clean especially when she feels things around her are getting out of control. It’s nice to see through the book how she grows and becomes more confident.

Matt is also a sweet character, practical, unwavering in his support of Rosie but he hides a bit of heartbreak in his past himself.

I would have liked to dig a little deeper into Matt’s story and some of her other friend’s like Mia but I know there are two other books so I hope to get to know the characters better. Also I wasn’t a fan of the Poriot like gathering of the suspects together before an arrest is made but that’s just me being a bit fussy.

Overall The Windmill Café is a sweet, light-hearted novella with a subtle nod to classic crime fiction and good dollop of romance, perfect for a bit of escapism. A great start to the series!

About The Author:

Poppy Blake is an avid scribbler of contemporary romance and romcoms. When not writing she loves indulging in the odd cocktail or two – accompanied by a tower of cupcakes. The Windmill Cafe series follows the life and loves of Rosie and Matt in the glorious countryside of Norfolk and will be opening its doors in March 2018 with Summer Breeze. Why not pop in for a visit?

Other Books In The Series:

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The Windmill Café: Autumn Leaves (Book 2)

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The Windmill Café: Christmas Trees (Book 3)

#BlogTour #GuestPost Almost An Author by Susan Tarr.

Today I have a guest post by Susan Tarr all about character but first a little bit about the book:

Title: Almost An Author by Susan Tarr

Publisher: Junction Publishing

Date Published: 18th September 2018

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Description:

When a chance meeting with a local publisher outside a small bookshop results in all three of her manuscripts being signed, Ruby Wright thinks she has it made. Already she sees images of herself wearing dark glasses, being mobbed by fans clamouring for her latest blockbuster…

Little does Ruby know, but her ditsy publisher is a charlatan who has no more idea about publishing than Ruby does. Pretty soon Ruby is broke.
She has no IT experience so depends heavily on her nerdy flatmate, Hunter, whenever her computer fails her. He has enough of his own issues to deal with—he is studying for his final law exams. She bribes him with a dog she found on the side of the road, then Panforte, which chips his tooth, and a couple of Axolotls until he finally gives in and helps her. But Ruby’s life is filled with disaster…

What follows is excitement, disappointment, heartache, love and loss as we follow Ruby’s hilarious struggles to maintain her trust and focus in the ever-shifting publishing industry and in people in general.

Guest Post – About The Character:

Ruby Wright:

In part, or in main, Ruby is me. Her name is a family name and why would she not be a writer with a name like Ruby Wright? Most of my main book characters are me, at a much younger age, of course, or my daughter, who is just the right mix of age and personality. Who else could they be if I want to get into their hearts and minds, and show how they really think and operate? Of course, there are parts of Ruby I am not altogether thrilled with, but we all have flaws. Ruby has hers.

I wrote her story from a series of diaries, and added an element of fiction to make it worth reading. Other authors have also contributed their stories, so basically it is the journey of many young or naive writers out there who just want to give it their all.

And life is not always about landing on our feet. No, it’s not. But with the right friends around you, you can do anything you set your heart to.

Ruby did.

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About The Author:

Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, drawing on her international travels, work within the NZ tourism industry, and her work in various psychiatric hospitals within New Zealand.Author photo (3)

She lived in Kenya, East Africa, for some years where she began her family.
Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples’ stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. She enjoys a wide variety of personalities.

Susan says, “As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will. I am passionate about my writing and I usually have three books on the go at any one time.”

#BlogTour #Review Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland @JessicaRedland @rararesources

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Title: Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland

Date Published: 23rd May 2013

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romantic Comedy

Description:

Bubbly Callie Derbyshire loves her job as a carer, and can’t believe she’s finally landed herself a decent boyfriend – older man Tony – who’s lasted way longer than the usual disastrous three months. Tony’s exactly what she’s always dreamed of… or at least he would be if he ever took her out instead of just taking her to bed. And work would be perfect too if she wasn’t constantly in trouble with her boss, The She-Devil Denise.

When the new gardener, Mikey, discovers her in a rather compromising position at work, Callie knows that her days at Bay View Care Home could be numbered. Can she trust him not to tell Denise? If she’s issued with her marching orders, who’ll look out for her favourite client, Ruby, whose grandson, Rhys, seems to constantly let her down? What does Ruby know about Tony? And what is Denise hiding?

Surrounded by secrets and lies, is there anyone left who Callie can trust?

Purchase on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raving-About-Rhys-Jessica-Redland-ebook/dp/B01N6T85B0/

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Review:

Callie is happy with her life. She works as a carer at Bayview Nursing Home which she loves apart from one thing, her boss, Denise or as she calls her The She-Devil. She also thinks she’s found her perfect man in Tony who at forty five is old enough to be her dad. At almost a year together he’s last longer than all of her other relationships. But the cracks in her relationship start to show when a resident called Ruby says she knows Tony from somewhere and she is caught in a comprising position by the hunky new gardener Mikey. What is Tony hiding?

So I’ve decided to dip my toe back into a bit of romantic comedy, to have little break from all the murder and bloodshed I’ve been reading lately.

I read this lovely novella in just one day, I didn’t want to stop (happily there are three subsequent books, one of which I will be reading soon, Searching for Steven).

From the cover I was kind of expecting a bit of light-hearted fluff but this story goes so much deeper than that! The characters are complex and flawed, with a compelling story line, all set against the backdrop of a seaside town makes this the perfect summer read.

I liked Callie, she’s such a big hearted and caring person, she even tries to help her horrible boss Denise when she starts acting strangely. But I kept wishing for her to have a bit more confidence in herself!

Elderly resident Ruby I have to say is my favourite character. She funny, sweet and bit racy at time with her stories from the old days.

Yes, the story line may have been a little predictable but the author makes it her own and I am really looking forward to reading her next novel Searching for Steven.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio –

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her_DSF1336-2 business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @JessicaRedland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/

Website and blog: www.jessicaredland.com

#BlogTour Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks by Bena Roberts @rararesources #BookSpotlight #Promo

Today on my blog I’m hosting a book spotlight, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.Blind Dates, big Love and Six Tinder Weeks Full Banner

Title: Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks by Bena Roberts

Date Published: December 2017

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Women’s Fiction

Description:

Helen’s children leave home at eighteen. She sleepwalked through her marriage of twenty years for their sake. But when they go, she leaves her husband. Her house is a mess, as is her image and Helen breaks down. Through her pain, she draws blood and allows the universe to guide her and her decisions.

The unexpected happens, scientist Helen gets thrown into a new life of hedonism, dating, and self-discovery. A charming lawyer steals her heart, but is Helen ready for the fast lane? Will the local village firefighter provide the romance of her dreams? Or the military spy CJ, who is convinced that Helen is part of a Romanian smuggling gang.

With the help of her sister Portia, Helen starts to transform her life. The universe guides her to finding something in herself.

Debut author Bena Robert’s provides a unique perspective in this witty black comedy. Dark humour meets chick lit with a robust and realistic voice.

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Purchase your copy here:

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/de/en/ebook/blind-dates-big-love-six-tinder-weeks

Nook https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blind-dates-big-love-six-tinder-weeks-bena-roberts/1128180181?ean=2940155172505

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/802150

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Author Bio – Bena Roberts

Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title romance adventurist! She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997.myAvatar (3)

Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as ‘home.’

Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was ‘top 50 most influential woman in mobile.’ Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog. However, her technology career ended after she was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in 2009. Since 2012, Bena has taught English in Germany and managed a small relocation business.

Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey. Six Tinder Weeks, now Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks is her debut novel. Other books include The Forever Night Stand, with Tammy & Lisa: Mum Detectives at the Village School available in 2018.

Twitter – @benaroberts

Amazon Author – https://www.amazon.com/Bena-Roberts/e/B076ZRDW8G

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17307556.Bena_Roberts

Blog – www.sixtinderweeks.com

Blog Tour with Q&A: True Love at The Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling.

First off I would like to thank Jamie Frost from HarperCollins for arranging this blog tour and NetGalley for the free ARC copy I received.

Genre: Chicklit.

Description:

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good job, four bossy sisters and a needy cat must also have want of her one true love. Or is it?

Another delightful novel from the author of The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts. Perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan

Verity Love – Jane Austen fangirl and an introvert in a world of extroverts – is perfectly happy on her own (thank you very much), and her fictional boyfriend Peter is very useful for getting her out of unwanted social events. But when a case of mistaken identity forces her to introduce a perfect stranger as her boyfriend, Verity’s life suddenly becomes much more complicated.

Johnny could also use a fictional girlfriend. Against Verity’s better judgement, he persuades her to partner up for a summer season of weddings, big number birthdays and garden parties, with just one promise – not to fall in love with each other…

Review:

This book is part of a series, which I didn’t even realise when I first started reading it, but you don’t really need to have read the first, The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts, (although it can’t hurt can it?).

So I was initially drawn to this book by the blurb and the gorgeous cover. It’s not the kind of book I usually read but I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and this book proved to me that sometimes you have to break out and read something different.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was light-hearted, sweet and an easy read. I will warn you now that there are heavy references to Pride and Prejudice throughout the book, (like Verity’s favourite saying ‘What would Elizabeth Bennett do?’), which if you have not read it may not get. Also the whole fake relationship storyline is not that original but I think the author makes it her own. But still I really loved the character of Verity, she doesn’t like socialising, prefers books to people and is a little taciturn (reminds me of myself to be honest!). Okay I do think it’s a little strange that she does have so many friends as introverted as she but it is fiction after all.

Rating: 4/5

 

Q&A with Annie Darling.

Where did the inspiration for True Love at The Lonely Hearts Bookshop come from?

It’s the second book in the Lonely Hearts Bookshop series and each book takes a trope of romantic fiction and turns it ninety degrees. So with True Love, I wanted to take the trope of The Other Woman and it’s actually Johnny, the love interest, who’s The Other Man. And also Pride & Prejudice, Verity, our heroine is obsessed with the novel (as am I!) and is also one of five sisters, like Elizabeth Bennet. And one final inspiration was the book Quiet by Susan Cain as I really wanted to write about someone who is introverted, I think a lot of people are and there are so many misconceptions about what being an introvert is.

What is your favourite scene in the book?

I do love Verity and Johnny’s meet cute in an Italian restaurant but then I also had so much fun writing any scene where Strumpet, Verity’s cat, appeared.

Do you read a lot of romance/chick lit/romcoms or is there another genre you prefer?

I love love stories, whether that’s a classic like Pride & Prejudice, literary fiction like Atonement by Ian McEwan or something more contemporary and commercial like Marian Keyes or Mhairi McFarlane, who I both adore.

Who is your literary hero/heroine?

I know I sound like a broken record but Jane Austen is everything to me. Her novels are romantic without being mawkish, incredibly funny and the characters she created are just as real today as they were then. Mr Collins is the original mansplainer and Emma is that friend we all have who says, “I’m just being honest” before they skewer you with a few home truths.

What are you currently working on?

I’m hard at work on Nina’s story, On The Shelf At The Lonely Hearts Bookshop, which takes bad boys and Wuthering Heights as it’s inspiration.

Thanks for having me on your blog. xxx

The tour doesn’t end with me, the rest of the dates are below:

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